Colts Welcome Local Prospects In For Pro Day

Intro: On Wednesday afternoon, the Colts hosted eight prospects for a Local Pro Day at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.

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INDIANAPOLIS – In last season's road playoff victory in Denver, the Colts had some local flavor in their Divisional Round win.

Area products Jack Doyle (Cathedral High School) and Joe Reitz (Hamilton Southeastern High School) helped grind out an eight-minute, game-clinching drive in the fourth quarter.

The clock-eating series came thanks to Jonathan Newsome's (Ball State University) strip/sack earlier in the game, which shifted momentum to the visiting sideline.

While the Colts roster certainly has a diverse flavor on both sides of the ball, the scouting department vows that they will not miss in their own backyard.

A step towards that process came on Wednesday when the Colts hosted eight local prospects for a Pro Day at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.

Per the NFL, eligible players for the workout must have attended a college or high school within a 40-mile radius of Lucas Oil Stadium.

Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson had their eyes fixated on the prospects Wednesday, with the team's coaching staff and personnel department lining the indoor facility for the Local Pro Day.

"These are guys that we have watched the whole season and a lot of guys we have tracked since they were in high school," Colts National Scout Matt Terpening said on Wednesday. "This is a great opportunity for us, and our staff, to get with the guys hands-on, see how they learn, how they process information from our coaches and watch them work out and move around."

"The most important thing for us is to see how they move around athletically."

Here is a list of the eight players that participated in Wednesday's Local Pro Day:

DE-Cameron Beard (University of Cincinnati, Cathedral High School)

-Beard blossomed from a slender high schooler at Cathedral to a 290-pound defensive lineman at Cincinnati. In four seasons with the Bearcats, Beard played in 41 career contests, piling up 75 tackles and two sacks.

LS-Andrew East (Vanderbilt University, North Central High School)

-East might have the best chance at an NFL opportunity of those attending the Local Pro Day. He participated in January's Senior Bowl after snapping in 51 straight games for the Commodores.

RB-Tevin Lake (Marion University)

-Lake, who attended Ball State's Pro Day last week, is one of the most decorated running backs in NAIA history. The 5-8, 205-pound running back eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in each of his four seasons at Marian.

P-Pavel Polochanin (University of Indianapolis, Arsenal Tech)

-The Arsenal Tech product was an All-Conference selection at U Indy, after transferring from Hanover in 2013. Polochanin, who attended Purdue's Pro Day, was mainly a punter at University of Indianapolis but did kick off during the 2013 season.

OLB-Bret Shannon (Butler University)

-Shannon brings size to the linebacker position (6-3 and 230 pounds) that isn't often seen at non-Division I levels. He originally began his collegiate career at the Air Force Academy, before transferring to Butler in 2011.

DB-Brian Sutton (Bowling Green University, Fishers High School)

-In 2014, Sutton started 14 games at the safety position and was second on the team with 104 tackles. Sutton has the ability to play several spots in the secondary.

CB-Kory Stamps (University of St. Francis, Lawrence North High School)

-An NAIA All-American, Stamps was a four-year starter at the cornerback position. Stamps finished his career at St. Francis with 13 interceptions.LB-Nick Temple (University of Cincinnati, Warren Central High School)

-The former Warren Central safety grew into a starting linebacker at Cincinnati. Temple had 113 total tackles last year and completed his four years with 32 tackles for loss.

Local players are put through drills by Colts staff.

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